Pneumonia and Bronchitis – Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics

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Pneumonia and bronchitis both afflict the respiratory system, but they’re completely separate conditions that require different types of treatments. Nevertheless, they’re grouped together in this e-mail I received from one of our readers:

‘Do you have any information on curing pneumonia or bronchitis once someone has it?’

Avoid antibiotics and reach for vitamins

The primary difference between treating pneumonia and treating bronchitis can be summed up in one word: antibiotics.

According to world-renowned alternative health specialist, Dr. Spreen: ‘When I started practice (1985), almost any symptom of bronchitis got a prescription for antibiotics. Later on, with more news about ‘superbugs,’ antibiotic resistance, and antibiotic overuse, the prescriptions for antibiotics decreased for bronchitis (which already had several reports of those drugs not being effective). Today it sort of depends on the doctor, as some will still prescribe an antibiotic to get a patient out of the office (and not wanting to deal with the ‘please doctor DO something’ syndrome). However, most doctors today will try to avoid antibiotics for bronchitis, especially the first time around.

‘For bronchitis (an inflammation of the larger airways that lead to the lungs, but don’t include gas-exchange tissues) I’d be going heavy on vitamin C, the absolute minimum being 1,000 mg three times/day, and preferably (in my opinion) a loading dose of 3,000-5,000 mg with 1,000-2,000 mg/hour more like it for the aggressive types. If bronchitis tends to be chronic, vitamin A (not beta-carotene) and zinc should be thrown in there to help protect mucosal surfaces that may be chronically nutrient-deficient.

‘Plus, I’d add Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), as it’s the best antioxidant that can reach fat-soluble spaces, along with NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine), which is known to be good for lung tissue to keep bronchitis from possibly progressing into something worse.’

Fight bacteria with colloidal silver

That ‘something worse’ that Dr. Spreen refers to is pneumonia, which is most commonly treated with antibiotics. But he also notes that ‘antibiotic use mandates the addition of probiotics (acidophilus, bifidus, etc.) to re-establish the ‘friendly’ bacteria after the antibiotics kill off both good and bad bugs.

‘If a true purist wanted to try avoiding the antibiotics to fight pneumonia, ideas would include those from bronchitis (above), plus hyperthermic treatments (sweating in the tub…bacteria don’t survive well in temps above 102F/38C), and the addition of colloidal silver, olive leaf extract, and grapefruit seed (not grape) extract. These antibacterial/anti-viral agents would need to be in high doses and would also require adding probiotics, of course.

‘There is always derision involved by conventionalists concerning the use of colloidal silver, who argue that there is no use in the human system for silver…and they’re right. That’s what’s so interesting about it; bacteria have enzyme systems that are blocked by the silver, while no human systems have to worry. That’s also why many water filter systems are impregnated with silver. One last thing: the dose for antibacterial effect is far below a dose that would cause argyria (silver toxicity), which causes a greyish tint to the skin.’

Dr. Spreen also notes that pneumonia and bronchitis are conditions that require a visit to a health care professional and recommends that you consult a practitioner before taking new supplements.

Colloidal silver is available from sources on the Internet.


Bear in mind all the material in this email alert is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.


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  • @ Geoff… please state your references for your statement… otherwise you are just a little voice moaning in the dark…

  • Geoff, You are so ignorant. No amount of Vitamin C causes kidney damage. Read Dr. Linus Pauling 2 time Nobel prize winner. Colloidal silver is not useless it kills over 650 disease causing organisms.

  • @ Geoff… wake up and smell the roses. Vitamin C doesn’t cause kidney damage. It is one of the most vital and essentail vitamins we all need!!! Perhaps you’ve visisted the wrong site… this is not a place where people bash vitamins and supplements – which is probably why there will a few comments like this, putting you in your place!

  • Thank you. My 3 yr old son has pneumonia and I am going to be giving him Vitamin D, Colloidal Silver and H2O2. I will return for an update.

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